Historical Events in March 1917

  • 1st 1st federal land bank chartered in USA
  • 1st U.S. government releases the plaintext of the Zimmermann Telegram to the public.
  • 2nd Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted
  • 3rd US Congress passes 1st excess profits tax on corporations
  • 3rd Mexico and the USA renew diplomatic relations

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5th US President Woodrow Wilson is inaugurated for a second term

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 7th 1st jazz record record released on a 78 by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company ("Dixie Jazz Band One Step," one side "Livery Stable Blues" other)
  • 7th Russian February Revolution breaks out [OS=Feb 24] with strike at Putilov factory in Petrograd
  • 8th Russian 'February Revolution' begins; riots in St Petersburg over food rations and conduct of the war.
  • 10th Batangas was formally founded as one of the Philippines's earliest encomiendas.
  • 11th 1st NHL championship game ever played, Toronto Arenas beats Montreal Canadiens 7-3 in 1st of 2 game set (second game on March 13)
  • 11th British forces occupy Baghdad, the capital of Mesopotamia, after Turkish forces evacuated
  • 12th [OS Feb 27] Russian Duma sets up the Provisional Committee; Soviets form Executive Committee
  • 12th Stalin, Kamenev & Muranov arrives in Petrograd/St Petersburg
  • 12th A German submarine sinks an unamred US merchant ship, the 'Algonquin' on the same day that US President Wilson gives executive order to arm US merchant ships

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15th Nicholas II, the last Russian Tsar abdicates & nominates his brother Grand Duke Michael to succeed him [OS Mar 2]

  • 16th [OS Mar 3] Russian Grand Duke Michael, brother of Tsar Nicholas II declines the Russian throne
  • 17th 1st exclusively women's bowling tournament begins in St Louis
  • 17th Delta Phi Epsilon is founded at New York University Law School.

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17th Albert Anastasia is convicted of murdering longshoreman George Turino

  • 19th US Supreme Court upheld 8-hr work day for railroad employees
  • 20th After the sinking of 3 more American merchant ships, US President Wilson meets with cabinet, who agree that war is inevitable
  • 21st Loretta Walsh becomes US Navy's 1st female Petty Officer
  • 22nd The USA is the first nation to recognize the new government of Russia
  • 23rd Tornadoes kills 211 over 4 days in Midwest US

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25th Canadian ace Billy Bishop claims his first victory, shooting down and mortally wounding German Leutnant Theiller

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • 26th Stanley Cup: Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 3 games to 1 - Seattle is 1st US team to win Stanley Cup
  • 26th British win a battle against Turks at Gaza
  • 28th Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv & Jaffa by Turkish authorities
  • 28th Puccini's "La Rondine" premieres in Monte Carlo
  • 31st US purchases Danish West Indies for $25M & renames them Virgin Islands